Established by the 1996 General Assembly, the Presbyterian Foundation is a trust fund, to which bequests and donations may be added, and from which interest is distributed for purposes as defined by the 1998 General Assembly.
Grants from this fund are made to projects that promote the ongoing regional and other mission of the Church, as well facilitating the development of innovative mission opportunities conceived at a local and regional level. Grants from this fund can be applied for under the small grant criteria, and are for a maximum of $10,000.
In 2016 by a decision of General Assembly, oversight of the Presbyterian Foundation funds moved to PressGo
Small grants are for made for a maximum of $10,000.
Small grants are funded by the Presbyterian Foundation. Established by the 1996 General Assembly, The Presbyterian Foundation is a trust fund, to which bequests and donations may be added, and from which interest is distributed for purposes as defined by the 1998 General Assembly.
At General Assembly 2016, the work of the Presbyterian Foundation was rolled into the work of the PressGo board, who will consider all small grant applications.
Projects must be consistent with goals, priorities and policies of Presbyterian Church, as stated by the Council of Assembly. Priority will be given to:
- Ministry of people to people
- New creative ventures of mission, outside usual patterns and beyond current church membership
- Collaborative ventures
- Pilot programmes related to the above (Give it a Go)
- Leadership development
It is not possible to support every initiative, even though there are so many worthwhile applications. Please carefully read the exclusions before applying for a grant.
- Projects over $20,000 (maximum grant is $10,000)
- Projects where the congregation has not contributed at least 50 percent of the project cost
- Regular operational costs, including salaries and stipend
- Applications from Trusts that are not part of the church
- Technical equipment
- Building renovations
- Furniture or fittings
- Ministers’ Study Leave (under leadership development criteria).
Who can apply?
All presbyteries, and Presbyterian and Uniting congregations in Aotearoa New Zealand are entitled to make small grant applications.
How to apply
Applications for funding generally close a month before each PressGo Board meeting. Read more about application closing dates
Download the small grant application form to apply for an development grant.
Read the notes for applicants for useful information to assist with your grant application.
Contact the PressGo catalyst, Lisa Wells for advice, on making an application.